Gouda Summer Snack!

Thank Gouda for summer!  My cheese pick this week is a sizzler and newest artisan addition to our local Ottawa cheese scene, guaranteed to satisfy on even the most sweltering of days.  Farming is a family affair for Paul, Grace, Ryan, Kristine and Ben Mussell with over 100 years of history spanning five generations.  Fresh farmstead milk produced by over 300 goats lovingly cared for at Clarmell Farms is combined with the talent and industry know-how of Glengarry Fine Cheese’s team of expert cheesemakers, creating a new twist on this cheese classic. Small wheels are perfect for summer entertaining — afternoon picnics, cottage weekends or impromptu BBQs (think grilled pizza.)
Firm and moist when young, Clarmell’s Goat Gouda has an ivory white paste protected by hunter green wax. Even with a bit of age (a few extra months), the paste remains almost opaque with a chalky texture and small pinholes (eyes). Pleasant aromas mingle with a light meaty/savory flavor, clean finish and a bit of zing. You can taste the difference quality milk makes, bite after bite.  Look for it at The Red Apron, Herb & Spice, Life of Pie, Landsdowne, Kanata, Manotick and Byward (with Beking Eggs) Farmer’s Markets this season.

Cheese:  Goat Gouda
Producer:  Clarmell Farms (in partnership with Glengarry Fine Cheese)
Interesting Fact:  Canada boasts many superior Goudas (pronounced How-duh) given the authentic European Gouda-making experience of many our nation’s cheesemakers.

Enjoy! – Vanessa

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